Julie A. Ask

Vice President, Principal Analyst serving eBusiness & Channel Strategy PROFESSIONALS

Julie serves eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals. Julie's 25 years of work experience is balanced between the engineering and management consulting work she did in the first half of her career and her work as an analyst for the past 12 years. The combination of technical and business expertise positions prepared her well to work with business leaders to identify new opportunities offered by mobile technology and to develop strategies to engage with consumers on mobile devices. She has worked with hundreds of clients across retail, travel, banking, insurance, CPG, healthcare, retail, and more to advise and guide the development of their mobile strategies.

Julie's research and analysis have been widely cited in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, BusinessWeek, RCR Wireless, and The Onion and on CBS, NBC, and PBS.

Previous Work Experience

Prior to becoming an analyst, Julie worked at a contextual services mobile startup in San Francisco and prior to that at Booz Allen & Hamilton.

Education

Julie holds a B.S.E.E. and a Master of Science in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She also holds an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.

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  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Disrupting Finance: Social Lending

    P2P Lending Marketplaces Will Continue To Disintermediate Banks

    Social lending is the practice of lending money to unknown individuals or businesses without the involvement of banks and other traditional financial institutions. Social lending marketplaces like...

    • Downloads: 365
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Mobile App Or Mobile Web? It's A Choice, Not A Battle

    Neither Is Perfect, But Either Could Be Perfect For Your Customer

    Companies struggle to choose between building a mobile app and implementing a mobile website. The decision becomes a battle shrouded in competing points of view and often a lack of customer...

    • Downloads: 577
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Disrupting Finance: Social Investing

    Social investing platforms like Covestor, eToro, and wikifolio threaten to disrupt personal investing by bringing the wisdom of the crowd and the stock-picking of talented individuals to mainstream...

    • Downloads: 309
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Evaluate Your B2B eCommerce Maturity

    Assessment: The B2B eCommerce Playbook

    Because third-party benchmarking data has only recently been published for business-to-business (B2B) eCommerce sites, B2B eCommerce professionals are only now beginning to be able to compare...

    • Downloads: 1053
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:The Fragmented Chinese Retail Market Creates eCommerce Opportunities

    eCommerce has grown tremendously in China in the past few years. The Chinese market is prospering, with comprehensive eCommerce platforms and vertical eCommerce players competing to better serve...

    • Downloads: 143
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Disrupting Finance: P2P Currency Exchange

    Startups Offer A Cheaper Way To Transfer Money Abroad

    Peer-to-peer (P2P) currency exchange platforms like CurrencyFair, TransferWise, and Walutomat.pl match customers with one another to facilitate currency exchanges. These startups offer better...

    • Downloads: 96
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:2014 US Mobile Auto Insurance Functionality Benchmark

    Benchmarks: The Mobile Insurance Strategy Playbook

    Just how effective are mobile insurance apps and sites at meeting the needs of auto insurance customers? This update details the findings from Forrester's 2014 benchmark of the mobile offerings of...

    • Downloads: 311
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:2014 US Credit Card Secure Website Benchmark

    Discover Takes The Top Spot

    Digital teams at credit card issuers have worked hard on enhancements to their secure websites as the Web has become the primary way that cardholders manage their money. But these teams need to...

    • Downloads: 156
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Brief: Take The Digital Business Readiness Assessment

    Use Forrester's Digital Business Readiness Assessment To Plot Your Course To Digital Mastery

    Many executives understand that their firm needs to transform. Digital disruption is rewriting the rules in almost every industry, and as digital entrants like Amazon, Netflix, and Uber reinvent what...

    • Downloads: 231
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Develop A Digital Business Road Map That Drives Innovation

    Road Map: The Digital Business Transformation Playbook

    Digital business transformation is a multiyear, multidimensional challenge. Traditional wisdom encourages firms to approach such a wholesale change as a big-bang transformation program, but the...

    • Downloads: 483
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Make The Right Digital Decisions To Drive Canadian Usage-Based Insurance Sales

    Rate Reform Creates Powerful Incentive For Effective Digital Sales

    Canada and the US may share a border and consumer attitudes about usage-based insurance, but they don't share a common approach to the digital strategies for promoting these insurance options. With...

    • Downloads: 122
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Trends 2015: Staffing And Hiring For eBusiness

    Our Annual Benchmark Of eBusiness Team Sizes And Job Functions

    In our annual organizational and staffing survey of eBusiness and channel strategy professionals, we found that while eBusiness budgets have grown by more than 10%, finding the skills and...

    • Downloads: 172
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:2014 US Online Banking Benchmark

    Citi And Wells Fargo Have The Most Extensive Secure Website Functionality

    Despite the growth of mobile and tablet banking over the past few years, online banking continues to be widely used in the US, with almost three-quarters of US online adults using it compared with...

    • Downloads: 304
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:It's Time To Rejuvenate Online Transactional Experiences With Responsive Web Design

    eBusiness teams are doubling down on rebuilding their legacy desktop site experiences to be responsive across all web-enabled touchpoints, but it's a huge undertaking and few organizations have the...

    • Downloads: 326
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Five Pitfalls To Avoid When Executing A Retail eCommerce Strategy

    Processes: The Retail eCommerce Playbook

    Retail eCommerce has nearly two decades of experience under its belt, so companies in the early stages of web retail can now follow a fairly established set of best practices. This report is a...

    • Downloads: 1009
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Website Functionality Benchmark 2014: European Online Apparel Retailers

    The online apparel retail market is highly competitive across all regions. To assess whether European online-only apparel retailers have the features and functionality to compete, Forrester evaluated...

    • Downloads: 131
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Use Mobile To Engage With In-Store Consumers In China

    Globally, mobile has changed the way consumers shop: They expect both to research and purchase goods on their mobile devices. The biggest sales opportunity in mobile is not driving digital sales, but...

    • Downloads: 143
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Embed Innovation To Sustain Mobile Banking Excellence

    Continuous Improvement: The Mobile Banking Strategy Playbook

    Successful digital banking teams recognize that their jobs aren't done just because apps and sites are live and the metrics are proving that the launch was a triumph. Customer and business...

    • Downloads: 1017
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    Report:Write A Digital Business Strategic Plan That People Actually Read

    Strategic Plan: The Digital Business Transformation Playbook

    Ready to craft your digital business transformation strategy? A hundred-page Word document to land on your CEO's desk, right? Think again. The digital business landscape is in constant flux, and in...

    • Downloads: 513
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Use WeChat To Facilitate Cross-Channel Sales And Customer Engagement

    WeChat Is More Than Just A Social Messaging Platform

    WeChat is the world's largest instant messaging (IM) application, with 468 million monthly active users in 200 countries. As such, it's one of the most important international mobile messaging...

    • Downloads: 109
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Capture The Global eCommerce Opportunity

    Landscape: The eCommerce Globalization Playbook

    Gone are the days when most brands offered just one or two international sites: Today, a global eCommerce footprint is the end goal. To reach that goal, companies are taking a strategic look at the...

    • Downloads: 2050
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    Report:Predictions 2015: Digital Business Transformation Will Gain Critical Mass

    No one really doubts the importance of digital to today's businesses. While senior executives may argue over priorities — open more stores or build a better website? — few can deny the...

    • Downloads: 378
  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

    Report:Pick The Right Digital Money Management Technologies

    Tools And Technology: The Digital Money Management Playbook

    For eBusiness executives at retail banks and wealth management firms worldwide who are either launching digital money management for the first time or want to improve an existing offering, choosing...

    • Downloads: 164
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    Report:Follow Best Practices To Encourage Mobile Banking Use

    Processes: The Mobile Banking Strategy Playbook

    The crucial question for many digital banking teams after they've launched their mobile banking sites and apps is how to encourage customer adoption and use. Forrester spoke to eBusiness executives...

    • Downloads: 1562
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    Report:How US Online Consumers Research And Buy Mortgages

    Homebuyers And Refinancers Have Complex Purchase Journeys

    The mortgage purchase journey is complex, with customers using a mix of digital and human touchpoints to research and then buy mortgages. The journey differs depending on whether the customer is...

    • Downloads: 146